Yesterday, I turned my attention to former Vermont Governor and DNC Chair Howard Dean’s inane comment that the terrorists responsible for the Charlie Hebdo murders were no more Muslim than he.
Unforunately, the Left does not have a monopoly on stupidity and willful blindness when it comes to the Charlie Hebdo murders.
Enter Ron Paul and Bill Donahoe.
Let me begin with the former Texas Congressman and failed presidential candidate. In an interview with Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV, Paul stated:
But in the context of things, France has been a target for many, many years because they’ve been involved in foreign affairs in Libya … they’ve been involved in Algeria, so they’ve had attacks like this.
I put blame on bad policy that we don’t fully understand.
Paul went on to say, “We’ve been conditioned to believe that the only reason 9/11 happened is that we are free and prosperous, I don’t believe that for a minute … It’s retaliation, it’s blowback.”
This has been part of Ron Paul’s schtick for years. But his schtick is divorced from the real world. Let’s remember that Cherif Kouachi spent three years in prison for recruiting fighters in Paris who were then sent to Iraq to be part of the insurgency at the height of the War in Iraq. Well, last I checked, France did not send troops to Iraq. Former French President Jacques Chirac and his Foreign Minister, Dominique de Villepin were the most vocal opponents of the U.S. led invasion inside the UN Security Council. So despite the fact that France was not involved in Iraq, Kouachi still recruited French fighters for jihad. The attacks had nothing to do with French foreign policy. They were a matter of religious and political ideology and a desire to impose this religious and political ideology upon French society by violent means.
As for Bill Donohue of The Catholic League, he purports to condemn the violence. Then he proceeds to argue that Charlie Hebdo publisher Stephane Charbonnier brought his demise upon himself:
What unites Muslims in their anger against Charlie Hebdo is the vulgar manner in which Muhammad has been portrayed. What they object to is being intentionally insulted over the course of many years. On this aspect, I am in total agreement with them.
Stephane Charbonnier, the paper’s publisher, was killed today in the slaughter. It is too bad that he didn’t understand the role he played in his tragic death. In 2012, when asked why he insults Muslims, he said, “Muhammad isn’t sacred to me.” Had he not been so narcissistic, he may still be alive. Muhammad isn’t sacred to me, either, but it would never occur to me to deliberately insult Muslims by trashing him.
This isn’t of question of Muslims being insulted. When are Muslims not insulted? What separates Muslims from every other religion in the world is that when they believe they have been insulted, the only remedy is death. There is apparently no concept of forgiveness within Islam.
Said Kouachi spent time with al Qaeda in Yemen. When AQAP issued its Wanted Dead or Alive for Crimes Against Islam which included Charbonnier where were the Muslims voice of reason saying that such a list was unIslamic? Donohue argues that Charbonnier would still be alive if had he not been so narcissistic. Well, maybe Charbonnier would have been alive if Muslim leaders had condemned the list in the first place.
Let’s face it. There’s been a tremendously amount of cruelty in the Muslim world (usually carried against fellow Muslims for being insufficiently Islamic) and Europe, in embracing multiculturalism, has seen fit to import that cruelty. This cruelty was visited upon the journalists at Charlie Hebdo and now we can add four hostages at a Jewish grocery store. The very existence of Jews and the State of Israel offends many Muslims. Does Donohue think those Jews shopping for food played a role in their own deaths as well?
Of course, Ron Paul and Bill Donohue are entitled to express their views and do not wish any grievous harm ever comes their way. But I am equally entitled to characterize their views on the Charlie Hebdo shootings as worthy of contempt. They have shown themselves to be buffoons.
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